The most popular destination for summer travel among Canadians this year is Paris, and the median cost for airfare to get them there is $921.
Then there’s the $220 median price for a hotel room in the City of Lights.
Okay, that kind of trip maybe more of an aspirational vacation for many, but Paris does top all places in online searches among Canadian travellers looking to book a summer getaway, according to Kayak, U.S.-based travel search company that has pulled together reams of data on flight and hotel queries.
As for hotel bookings, New York is the No.1 searched destination among Canadian would-be tourists. The median price — a cool $235 for a night in the Big Apple.
Kayak said the findings are based on searches made from various cities across Canada, meaning a flight from Toronto to Paris will still almost certainly be cheaper than, say, Calgary.
But the U.S. company’s flights and hotel search engine helps travellers from any Canadian location save money. Kayak’s free engine analyzes price trends on the same routes and hotels over time, identifying when prices are likely to increase or decrease. Searchers are then informed whether now is a good time to book or to hold off for a lower price.
Thursdays are cheapest
For those actually committing to a trip, to save a bit of money you’ll want to book your departure date for a Thursday – the cheapest day of the week, according to median airfare prices crunched by Kayak.
Flying out that day could save you more than $70 on average compared to a Monday departure. The most expensive day of the week to leave is Monday with a median ticket price of $972.60, a result of business travel pushing up airfares across the board.
It’s still far less expensive to travel inside the country, of course, with median prices for flights between Canadian cities costing about $500 versus $950 for an international departure, Kayak’s data show. The top domestic destination is Toronto.
© Shaw Media, 2014